COMMUNITY groups wishing for a funding boost are busy counting tokens for the Examiner Wish campaign.

The Examiner Wish has £25,000 up for grabs for non-profit organisations in our community.

Community groups, schools, Scouts and Brownie packs throughout Huddersfield registered and supporters have been busy collecting tokens.

As our photograph shows, little Ruddi Waterworth-Jones is already busy counting the Examiner Wish tokens for a charity founded in his name.

Ruddi’s Retreat was formed after Ruddi’s own experience – he was admitted to hospital as a six-month-old baby and mum Ali Jones and dad Craig Waterworth were told Ruddi had a mass on his bladder.

He was diagnosed with rhabdomarsacoma, a cancer of the soft tissue, and the tumour was connected to both his prostate gland and bladder.

Ruddi began chemotherapy and battled further complications, from his liver failing to operation after operation.

Little Ruddi fought back and inspired mum Ali to form a charity after she saw a gap in support for children like Ruddi who had experience of cancer.

So Ali formed Ruddi’s Retreat – which has a caravan which serves as a haven for families getting over the difficult time together while on a welcome holiday.

They’ve already got one caravan, but they’re raising money for another to allow even more families to have a well-deserved break after experiencing cancer or bereavement.

Funds raised via the Examiner Wish tokens will go towards the caravan fund.

Everyone who entered and registered is asked to get their tokens into the Examiner by 5pm on Monday, January 7.

So far 30 groups have already submitted tokens including Slaithwaite Brass Band, Berry Brow Pre-School and Huddersfield Choral Junior Choirs.

Groups can drop tokens into the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Pennine Business Park, Longbow Close, Bradley Road, Huddersfield HD2 1GQ.

Extra Wish token collection sheets are available to download and print from our website. Visit and click on ‘Wish Resources’.

The big count begins after 5pm on January 7 and the Examiner will be printing a special supplement on Wednesday, January 23, detailing how many tokens each group have collected and what their share of the £25,000 will be.